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How to make green beer for St Patrick’s Day

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

St Patrick’s Green Beer

Drinking green beer on St. Patrick's Day is a tradition right up there with dressing in green and eating corned beef. Although coloring beer green does not have roots in Ireland (they actually frown upon it), it is part of the revelry oft celebrated on this green-themed holiday. If you want to avoid the packed bars and long lines this year, stay at home and enjoy these super simple tips for homemade green beer - and if you don't like beer, try the following green cocktails.


St Patrick's Day cocktail recipes

If green beer isn't your thing, here are some green St Patrick's Day cocktail recipes.


Emerald Isle Martini

Makes 1 cocktail St Patrick’s Green Beer


  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce green colored crème de menthe
  • 2 drops bitters
  • Mint leaves for garnish


  1. Combine all liquid ingredients in a martini shaker with ice. Shake until frothy.
  2. Strain into an ice-cold martini glass and garnish with a few springs of mint.


Drunken Green Fairy

Makes 1 cocktail


  • 1 shot Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 1 shot absinthe
  • 2 shots Irish whiskey


  1. Pour the Irish cream in a tumbler. Top with absinthe, then top with whiskey. The cocktail will have a layered effect.
  2. This can also be made into a shot by using 1/2 shot of Irish cream and absinthe and 1 shot of whiskey, layered in a shot glass.


Emerald Beach

Makes 1 cocktail


  • 1 ounce Midori
  • 2 ounces vodka (plain or flavored)
  • Few drops white cranberry juice
  • Berries or lime for garnish


  1. Combine all liquid ingredients in a martini shaker with ice.
  2. Shake well and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with fruit.


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